“Squid Game” Actor Lee Jung Jae Is Among New York Times’ Breakout Star of 2021

Actor Lee Jung Jae was selected as the New York Times (NYT) “Breakout Star” in the TV category.

On December 16th, the NYT selected Lee Jung Jae in the TV category, a figure who stood out in the cultural field, such as movies, plays, music, and musicals this year.

The New York Times introduced that Lee Jung Jae played the role of ‘Sung Ki Hoon‘, a gambling addict who is sitting in a pile of debt in the Netflix series ‘Squid Game‘, and played a heartbreaking and surprisingly subtle performance while overcoming the unspeakable horror.

He was described as the “global streaming sensation” who impressed viewers with his “complex performance.”

Citing Lee Jung Jae‘s remarks in an interview with the New York Times in October, he explained, “Ki-hoon’s feelings are very complex.” He also added that Lee Jung Jae explained, “The Squid Game is about people, not survival games.”

Lee Jung Jae also introduced the movie ‘Deliver Us From Evil’, in which he appeared in the past.

At the same time, the New York Times selected Kim Eun Sun, music director of the San Francisco Opera (SFO) as a rising star in the classical music world.

The New York Times introduced Kim as the first female music director of a major opera company in American history and the first Asian.



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